How successful are people right after college

US women's collegesStudying successfully without men

Anna Luisa Winters is sitting on one of the many elegant sofas in the lounge of Wellesley College. After a year at the Free University of Berlin, she completed two semesters at the private women's college near Boston:

"It's definitely a different atmosphere! Even the things that are talked about. But I think what I will appreciate most is that I was able to interact with gender issues in the two semesters at Wellesley I've experienced and learned so much with different people. I could never have read that. "

Your fellow student nods. Abi Azrak pushes her textbooks aside, leans back. She is also enthusiastic about the special atmosphere at the college:

"Because only women study here, there are fewer obstacles for us to study successfully. You are not constantly in competition here. And the skills, the hard skills that you learn here, can later be put to good use in all possible areas is well prepared here for the future after graduation. "

And the old campus supports the good learning atmosphere. Studies take place in Victorian buildings from the century before last; tall trees provide shade. Right in the middle is the futuristic new cafeteria, donated by a successful Wellesley graduate. A swimming pool and a gym are available, and students jog around the small adjacent lake in the mornings and evenings, and go sailing on days off. - History professor Mary Lefkowitz also benefited from studying among women alone. She herself studied in Wellesley in the 1950s and 1960s and is still teaching there.

"Being smart and knowing a lot is not a problem here. You don't have to back off here, let men go first. I think that still happens a lot nowadays. That doesn't always apply everywhere. And of course there are fantastic women studying at Harvard, Yale, Princeton or other universities. But especially in the last century, women's colleges have done better at giving women professional training. "

Up to 41,000 euros in tuition fees per year

Wellesley was founded in 1870 as one of seven women's universities. All other locations refused to give female students an academic education. Five of these all-women colleges still exist in the United States, and two men are now allowed to study. Mary Lefkovitz does not find "single-sex-education" anachronistic. But in 25, maybe 50 years from now, things could look different, according to the professor. Wellesley is considered an elite college, a springboard for a steep career. Two US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton, studied here. The quality of teaching is ensured by more than generous financial resources compared to state German universities. While Hamburg University, for example, has an annual budget of around 500 million euros, Wellesley has over 140 million euros a year. About a third. In Hamburg, however, 42,000 students are being trained, in Wellesley there are just 2,300. There are tuition fees of 41,000 euros per year, including accommodation on campus.

"But we have a society that helps the students who cannot afford this money. So someone who has only very limited financial resources can study here too."

In fact, nearly 60 percent of Wellesley students get financial support from college. On average, they are waived half of their tuition fees. This is made possible by the college's immense assets of 1.1 billion euros. This money is augmented by interest income and stock deals. That's why Wellesley had a hard time during the financial crisis. But now, according to Mary Lefkovitz, things are looking up again. And the many large donations for the college also provide additional funds. Especially by women who have made careers. After training in Wellesley.